Godstud wrote:If police are doing their jobs right, they are not committing crimes while they are arresting people.
There are lots of people who don't like police. Most people are indifferent to the police, depending on their experiences with them. I am indifferent, but I treat police officers with respect, since I know it's a job, and they are people, too. I think this is the same with most people. Criminals, naturally, don't like them, and people who are victimized by them, hate them.
@Tainari88 Being a police officer is not even in the top 10 most dangerous jobs. I did roofing, when I was younger. It's more dangerous.
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The perception does not match reality, as few police officers are actually killed every year.
Godstud your attitude is the correct one. Most people are not hating or loving cops. They know they have to do the job. Period.
I have had experiences with cops that were very bad and very good. Both. So I take the approach of there are good cops and bad cops. Depending on the individual cop.
The bad experiences have been three separate incidents in which my son being threatened with death by cop for being a black teenager at the wrong place or just by playing basketball in the alley behind our home. Just by doing nothing he almost got killed three times by the DPD. I had to rush over there and de-escalate the situation. Two of them were mistaken identity incidents where they thought he fit some burglary or assault suspect. And one had to do with someone lying due to racism and had to be sorted out.
Another incident also negative was my husband being arrested because his name and DOB matched a fugitive that killed people in New Jersy and they had stopped him for a taillight being burned out on the car and he spend the night in the slammer because they thought they had caught a homicide suspect. When the fingerprints came back they did not match at all. they had the wrong man. Also the guy that killed the person in Jersey, was from another country and was a lot shorter in stature. He was five feet eight inches tall and weighed 160 lbs. My husband is six feet and one inch tall and weighed 205 at the time. So? wrong man. But he spent the night with some nasty smelling drunk dudes that threw up in the cell and he called me complaining. Lol.
Another incident involved car thieves. My mother had come for a visit long ago and she had a Chevy Impala. tan colored one. It needed a new starter and something else. The thieves thought to steal it and they could not. We noticed them and called the police. They did not respond. We found a cop in a car and said, "Two men are trying to steal my mother's car. Can you send someone over there?" The guy yelled at us, "I am on a stakeout, watching a house. I don't have time for your problems right now." they never sent anyone. The thieves got tired of trying to make the Impala turn over and left. But it sort of disappointed me that they did not give a shit. Lol.
I have a lot of stories Godstud. In the end? I will never be a police officer, or a prison guard. I don't like the type of work that is. You have to enforce the law. You also really are not transforming lives in my opinion. You are making sure the society is safe from law breaking and order something like that.
I like doing things with my life that is about helping people in some significant way and that it has do to do with cultural knowledge, something about being able to impart knowledge and to give emotionally and see the changes. That is what I love.
Throwing people in the slammer is not for me.